Getting Rid of Matthew

by Jane Fallon | Romance |
ISBN: 0141025298 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingboekenxnlwing of Son en Breugel (incl. Son, Breugel), Noord-Brabant Netherlands on 7/30/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by wingboekenxnlwing from Son en Breugel (incl. Son, Breugel), Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Dit boek kwam ik 3x tegen bij het opruimen van mijn kast, dus deze mag verder reizen.

Journal Entry 2 by wingboekenxnlwing at OBCZ 't Hof: Lunch & High Tea in Oss, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Saturday, March 15, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (3/16/2014 UTC) at OBCZ 't Hof: Lunch & High Tea in Oss, Noord-Brabant Netherlands

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Dit boek gaat morgen mee naar de Boekenweek-geschenk BC meeting in Oss.
Veel plezier met dit boek.

Journal Entry 3 by bookguide at Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on Sunday, March 16, 2014
Looks like something along the lines of 'Bridget Jones' Diary', but the big attraction for me was the title. How could I resist taking home a book called 'Getting Rid of Matthew' when it's the name of one of my sons? Not that I'm *really* trying to get rid of him, you understand.

Journal Entry 4 by bookguide at Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on Monday, August 22, 2016
Unfortunately, taking this book on holiday to tease my son with turned out to be a bad idea as he wasn't allowed to travel on from Japan to Singapore because his passport was only valid for another 5 months and 3 weeks instead of 6 months. Apparently this is a requirement in Singapore that KLM failed to mention and it didn't occur to us to check. So poor old Matthew had to go back to the Netherlands on his own while the rest of the family headed off to Singapore. Next time I shall be more careful about the titles of my holiday reading!

Journal Entry 5 by bookguide at Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on Monday, August 22, 2016
In actual fact, I didn't read the book until we were back home after all, to add insult to injury. The book didn't really live up to my expectations, either. Here is my review from Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/883234438:


The blurb on the back cover made me think that this was along the lines of Bridget Jones's Diary, which is absolutely brilliant as both a book and a film. I know Getting Rid of Matthew has been made into a film and I can imagine it is also hilarious because the situations the main character, Helen, gets herself into are ridiculous. However, the book itself is far from hilarious. In any case, it didn't make me laugh (unlike Bridget Jones).

The problem, I think, is that the author is a television producer, so the action is too spread out to come across well in book form. Many people will already be put off by the idea that the main character with whom we are supposed to sympathise is having a long-term part-time relationship with her married boss, in the full knowledge that he has a family. To be honest, some of the best characters and even relationships in films and TV are the immoral ones, so don't let that put you off! Helen, however, is not enough of a bitch to enjoy hating. She is not a loveable, ditsy character like Bridget Jones, but comes across as somebody who blames all her problems on someone else. After all, it takes two to tango and if she had said 'no' to Matthew (her boss) in the first place, she would have been able to find a relationship with somebody who didn't lie and cheat, plus continued improving her job prospects instead of being sidelined as a secretary.

The only really sympathetic character in the whole story is the jilted wife, Sophie. The question is, will Helen manage to ruin Sophie's life a second time, first by taking away her husband, then returning him as damaged goods (though it turns out he was that in the first place).

There are a lot of ridiculous and farcical twists and turns in the plot that make Getting Rid of Matthew worth reading, but don't expect to fall in love with any of the characters. I haven't seen the film, but I suspect it's better.

By the way, in Swedish, this book is called Dumpa Matthew, which is wonderful! I only wish there had been more tips about how to dump irritating partners, because that would have been hilarious.

Released 7 mos ago (4/26/2019 UTC) at Haus der Jugend - BC Convention 2019 in Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany

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This book has been released as part of the following BookCrossing challenges:
- The Ultimate Challenge - read and release books, with extra points for a monthly theme
- Reduce Mount TBR (To Be Read) - read and release books on the TBR list since before the end of 2014. My reading goal is 36 books.

Journal Entry 7 by wingLeseschafwing at Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on Saturday, April 27, 2019
Sounds funny and a little bit mean.
Looking forward to reading this

Journal Entry 8 by wingLeseschafwing at Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, July 07, 2019
I started this book some time ago, then stopped for a bookring and now I cannot start again.
When picking up this book I hoped for fun, but there isn't so much in it and I really don't care for any of the people. So this book will travel on soon

Journal Entry 9 by wingLeseschafwing at Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, July 13, 2019

Released 5 mos ago (7/13/2019 UTC) at Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany

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Travelling again

Journal Entry 10 by wingbrunton11wing at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 22, 2019
Arrived safely today. Thank you very much for this kind RABCK.

Journal Entry 11 by wingbrunton11wing at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Friday, August 30, 2019
Unfortunately this was no where near as funny as the blurb on the back of this book made it out to be. But it’s good to try new authors!

Off to chrissini next as part of the wishlist tag game.

Journal Entry 12 by chrissini at Graz, Steiermark Austria on Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Thanks for the book in a release bag and with bookplates that will come in handy. :)

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